Intel Core i7 3960X 

Released November, 2011
  • 3.3 GHz
  • Hexa core
  • Unlocked
6.3 Out of 10

Explore 1 desktop with the Intel Core i7 3960X

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i7 3960X among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i7 3960X
10.0
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i7 3960X
10.0
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i7 3960X
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i7 3960X
0.0
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i7 3960X
5.8
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i7 3960X
n.d.
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i7 3960X
6.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 3960X

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 3960X
63.21 fps
Core i7 4790K
233.07 fps
Core i7 4960X
178.22 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
18,528
Core i7 4790K
15,490
Core i7 4960X
20,658

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
3,267

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
2,595,000 MB/s
Core i7 4790K
5,140,000 MB/s
Core i7 4960X
2,560,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
19,457
Core i7 4790K
15,465
Core i7 4960X
20,896

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
20,406
Core i7 4790K
16,653
Core i7 4960X
23,903

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 3960X
12,802
Core i7 4790K
11,194
Core i7 4960X
13,858

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 3960X
2,015

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i7 3960X


8.0

8.0

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz
Cores Hexa core
Socket type LGA 2011
Is unlocked Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE3
  7. Supplemental SSE3
  8. SSE4.2
  9. AVX
  10. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

integrated graphics

GPU None

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1600
  2. DDR3-1333
  3. DDR3-1066
  4. DDR3
Channels Quad Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 12 threads
L2 cache 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Transistor count 2,270,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 33
Voltage range 0.6 - 1.35V
Operating temperature Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 156
Overclocked clock speed 4.76 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.58 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 7,065.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.76 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W
Annual home energy cost 56.39 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 184.84 $/year
Performance per watt 5.04 pt/W
Idle power consumption 73.9W
Peak power consumption 211W
Typical power consumption 176.72W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s
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